Archive - 2017

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How to Cope With Your Post Grad Identity Crisis
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The Pros and Cons of Teaching Online
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La Matanza (The Slaughter)
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2 Things That I Don’t Like About Spain
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What the Drinking Game You Play Says About You

How to Cope With Your Post Grad Identity Crisis

Throughout this post I’ll be talking about identity a lot, so I’d like to start by defining what that word means to me. The simplest thing that I can think to say is when we ask ourselves the question, “Who am I?” what comes to mind? I like to break my answer up into two parts: the roles I play and character traits. By roles, I mean things like father, friend, profession – the areas of our lives where we attempt to derive purpose; and with character traits, I’m talking about stuff like pretty, funny, short, smart, etc. – stuff that’s less important than our role, but still significant in determining how we view the world and how we feel the world views us.

I also won’t be addressing religious/spiritual answers to identity because that’s an area that I’m still working through myself. I will be using Buddhism as a means of deconstructing identity, but I won’t be talking about Buddhism’s answer to who we ultimately are. Most religions/spiritual beliefs would say that we are an eternal soul, or the Universe, or nature, or the image of God, or something along those lines, and while these concepts of who we are are certainly worth delving into, they are not something I feel confident talking about, so I’ll be limiting this post to a discussion of secular identity.

More specifically, I’ll be talking about the loss of identity that many people experience after they finish their schooling.

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The Pros and Cons of Teaching Online

Everyday, I spend four hours teaching English to little kids in China via my laptop. As with any job, it has its positive and negative aspects. Here they are:

Pro – The Commute

I teach in my room, which means I have about a six foot trip from my bed to my desk to get to work. There’s usually very little traffic, except for the one day that there was a spider on the floor which did cause some serious delays.

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La Matanza (The Slaughter)

This past Christmas was a little different for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to afford a plane ticket home, which meant that I missed out on the timeless family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree while blasting the Spice Girl’s rendition of Sleigh Ride in the background (a classic for those who’ve never heard it). Instead, I found myself with my roommate’s family in Valderros – a Spanish village of 300 people where they celebrated a rather unique Christmas tradition.

It’s called La Matanza, and it involved the killing of four pigs. This may seem like a brutal tradition, but in comparison with the animals I saw at Primark trampling over each other in a consumer frenzy, it felt right at home with the holiday spirit.

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2 Things That I Don’t Like About Spain

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain, but there are two things about the country that I’ve never liked:

  1. The Amount That Spaniards Eat/Meal Times

I’ve lived in Spain for about 1.5 years, and I have yet to see someone who comes close to being obese. A friend of my roommate gets shit for being “fat”, and he could pretty much qualify as a runway model in the U.S. Why are there so few fat people? I believe a large factor is how the Spanish eat.

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What the Drinking Game You Play Says About You

Drinking games are more than just a means of getting wasted. They also tell a story about the people who play them. Here’s a breakdown of what each one says:

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